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What a Mess

15 messy room

I do not claim to be the most organized person. Far from it – although I do know where everything is. Dave is the same way and since we live in a small house, with very little storage and way too much “stuff” it gets cluttered quickly., no matter how hard I try to stay on top of it. I have been working hard this year, part of a resolution I made, to get rid of things. Whether I throw it away or give it away or file it away, I am trying…slowly….to get to it all. It is not dirty, just cluttered.

Sadly, Drew has inherited this “clutter gene” from us. Unfortunately it has gotten out of control for him. We tried the “its his room – let it be” route for awhile and just keep his door shut, but once it began creeping into other rooms, I had to stop it. Taking away privileges didn’t work. The mess doesn’t seem to bother him but it is overwhelming me so I bit the bullet and set out to work on his room yesterday. I know he’s old enough to do it himself but I just couldn’t wait for him to do it anymore.

First task, laundry. I am embarrassed to say we even let it get to this point. He leaves his folded laundry pile in the hall and just pulls from there for his clothing rotation. There was so much clothing on the floor of his room, I had no idea what was clean or dirty so I grabbed a few laundry baskets and got started. FIVE large loads of laundry later, we have this.

In those pile are FORTY-SIX tee-shirts!. Who knew he even had 46 tee shirts!! 13 sweatshirts, 17 pairs of boxer shorts 19 odd socks, pajama pants, long sleeve tees, shorts, long pants….Some of it doesn’t even fit him anymore. Those are going immediately into the give away pile. He has more dresser space than any of us but instead of clothing in those drawers, I found baseballs and hockey pucks.I couldn’t even count the number of baseballs, broken baseball bats and hockey sticks. His closet is so full of jerseys, there is barely enough room for his ONE dress shirt and blazer.

These piles don’t even show the thirteen towels. I had no idea I even had more than 13 towels!

Also found in his room, and I am horrified to admit this since I really try to enforce the “no eating upstairs rule” I found, a jar of peanut butter  –  in his bed, a can of reddi-whip under the bed, half empty bags of potato chips and pretzels, my missing salt shaker and so many empty water and soda bottles, I filled our recycling bin.

There were over 40 pens, pencils, sharpies and markers. Three pairs of scissors, seven screwdrivers, a hammer and a ruler.

I don’t write this to embarrass him. In fact, I thought a lot before posting it. He won’t read it, but I needed to write it as a reminder to myself just in case his room starts to get out of control again. His room is nowhere near done yet. I gave him the incentive that when we are able to do it, his room can be the first we repaint if he leaves it neat. I don’t know if he can or will do it but I can dream….


organize me

Tonight, I just spent nearly forty-five minutes helping Drew search his room.  His very small room, for his “heart guard shirt” that he needs to wear tomorrow in his baseball playoff game.  FORTY-FIVE minutes in a room that I can barely find the floor because there is so much stuff all over the floor.  We have tried so many different tactics for keeping that room organized and absolutely nothing has worked.  I need to find a solution because I am at the point that I’d rather just shut the door and not look at it than tackle the mess with him one more time! You cannot make it from Drew’s door to his bed without stepping on something.  There is not a spot on his carpet that is open.

I have bought him bins to put things in, reorganized his drawers, emptied off shelves, but nothing works.  We have offered incentives, taken away privileges to no avail.  Neither Dave or I are known for being the most organized people but never to this extent. We are “pilers” but I do know what is in every pile and where to find what we need. Our house is not very big and there is not a lot of space to put everything.  Our closets are tiny so we cannot even hide a lot of the clutter.  I get into purging moods every so often and I think I am in one today.  These are the days that I want to get a dumpster and just toss things in without giving them a second look.

School is over in fourteen days.  Summer will be here and although I will be working part time, it will give me a lot of time to do some of this purging.  I have to get Drew in on it.  I just looked back at my New Years Resolutions and realized that I had said that purging would be one of them.  I have not done so well following that one.  Summer will be my time to catch up.  I just hope that in a few months I don’t look back at this post and realize that I slacked again!!  I am open to any suggestions for how to get organized.  We could all use it in my house!!

Oh!  We did find the shirt.  It was in the back of my car.  Exactly where he left it last week after his game.